Tuesday Wrap – 02.13.07

We’re well on our way to all Daisuke, all the time. On the web, anyway.

The Globe and Herald blogs both provide step-by-step accounts of the Japanese ace arriving in camp and playing catch. It might be me, but they at least seem to have a sense of humor about it, with Jeff Horrigan referring to the items as “scintillating tidbits.”

Meanwhile, we’re still getting plenty of Celtics talk on the radio airwaves, while Butch Stearns announced on The Big Show on WEEI that if HE were Bill Belichick, HE’D be looking into the San Diego Chargers now open coaching position.

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ESPN announced today that Dusty Baker and Fernando Viña are the newest Baseball Tonight analysts to be added to the network’s roster. While I wouldn’t want to lose Dennis Eckersley from the NESN telecasts, I just don’t get why he hasn’t gotten a chance with a national network.

ESPN also announced today the launch of a network of local ESPN-affiliate station Web sites that will integrate with ESPNRadio.com. These sites will provide more local content and news information integrated into each city’s location, as well as access to the ESPN Radio podcasts and streaming audio. ESPN Boston is not among the first round of cities, which includes New York City (AM 1050 WEPN ), Chicago (AM 1000 WMVP), Los Angeles (AM 710 KSPN), Dallas (FM 103.3 KESN) and Pittsburgh (AM 1250 WEAE). The Chicago site is the first one to launch and others will follow in the coming weeks.

It was a busy day for ESPN, as they also announced the purchase of the site Truehoop.com and the hiring of its author Henry Abbott as an ESPN.com employee. Abbott will continue to run True Hoop while also contributing to ESPN’s NBA coverage on the web.

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FOX Sports announced their MLB broadcast schedule this season and the Red Sox once again appear the maximum nine times. The dates:

  • April 14th Angels @ Red Sox
  • April 21st Yankees @ Red Sox
  • April 28th Red Sox @ Yankees
  • May 26th Red Sox @ Rangers
  • June 2nd Yankees @ Red Sox
  • June 16th Giants @ Red Sox
  • July 21st White Sox @ Red Sox
  • August 25th Red Sox @ White Sox
  • September 15th Yankees @ Red Sox

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Amy K Nelson has a feature on Red Sox pitcher Devern Hansack and his journey from Pearl Lagoon, Nicaragua to a chance at the closer role in Boston.

Michael Gee feels that the Japanese media covering Matsuzaka needs to be treated with respect, and not “burlesqued as members of some odd cult by Boston media needing a cheap laugh.”

Scott Allen reports on the opening statements of Charlie Weis’ malpractice suit against the Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital after his botched gastric bypass surgery in 2002.

Gregg Easterbrook looks at another season of bad predictions in his Tuesday Morning Quarterback column.

Mike Reiss looks at the cornerbacks set to hit the free agent market.

Albert Breer analyzes the Patriots running back position.

Neil Best looks at Verizon’s fiber optic FiOS TV service slowly spreading across the Northeast. He also has a bit on Tiki Barber officially starting his TV career with NBC.
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TV38 (WSBK-TV) today announced that it has entered into a two-year, exclusive television rights agreement with The New England Revolution making TV38 the team’s only television broadcaster in the Boston market. The partnership is effective immediately.

TV38 will feature 22 Revs regular season games beginning with New England’s season opener at the Chicago Fire on Saturday, April 7 (8:30PM). Plus, TV38 will carry the Revolution’s only game against the Los Angeles Galaxy this season after the arrival of the Galaxy’s international superstar midfielder, David Beckham, on Sunday, August 12 (7:00PM).

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It’s easy to forget, but 1510 the Zone is still on the air. One of the weeknight shows is The Lew and Mike Show, which airs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8-10pm. The show has been on the air since May, and “has been dedicated to primarily 4 subjects….football, baseball, basketball, and any comments and/or criticisms regarding the Boston or national sports media.” The hosts note the frustration with national and local media and they promote their show as a “a platform to discuss those frustrations for us and the listeners/callers.” They’re not afraid to take shots at other radio shows on the air.

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Tonight

7:00pm, NESN – Oilers @ Bruins (HD)
7:00pm, ESPN – Kentucky @ Tennessee (HD)
9:00pm, Versus – Ducks @ Avalanche
9:00pm, ESPN – Michigan @ Michigan St. (HD)

Glimpses of Spring Before the Storm

The truck has left and so have at leasts a few of the reporters, who are already down in Fort Myers along with some early arriving players.

Gordon Edes has a piece on Jon Lester, who already figures to be the feel-good story of camp. He’ll be overshadowed by circus around Daisuke Matsuzaka, but Lester’s story of recovering from a cancer diagnosis in time to be back on the field now shouldn’t be lost. Edes says Lester is here to play. Jeff Horrigan has Lester glad to not be living in a bubble any longer and able to go out and live life again. Steven Krasner says Lester is hoping to prove to the Red Sox that he doesn’t need special treatment.

Gerry Callahan pokes fun at the Sunday column in the Globe that outlined what the Red Sox were doing to accommodate Daisuke Matsuzaka and make him comfortable here in Boston. Joe Haggerty says there’s a lot to like about the Red Sox rotation. Horrigan checks in with Jonathan Papelbon, who has added a curveball to his repertoire. Alex Speier looks at the efforts the Sox have made to solidify their bullpen.

Edes’s notebook has Papelbon holding court on a number of topics. Horrigan’s notebook has Matsuzaka hitting camp a few days early.

Beanpot

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and John Connolly report on Boston University capturing another Beanpot title with a 2-1 OT win over Boston College.

Karen Guregian says it was another hot goalie that allowed BU to get the win last night. John Powers has more on the performance by John Curry in net. Jim McCabe has a look at BC’s diminutive sophomore forward Nathan Gerbe. Jef Howe says the Beanpot is even more special for the local kids who get to play in it.

The Herald notebook looks at Boston University right wing Eric Thomassian having to leave the game after a hit, but his replacement Brian McGuirk scored the game winner in OT. The Globe notebook has Jack Parker winning yet another Beanpot title.

Celtics

Steve Bulpett says it should be a playoff atmosphere at the Garden tomorrow night as the Celtics try to end their 18 game losing streak before the All Star break. Shira Springer says getting Paul Pierce back in rhythm was nearly enough to get a win in their last game. Mike Petraglia notes that it has been a rough road back for Pierce. Bulpett’s notebook has the Celtics players dismissing any lottery talk.

Bruins

Kevin Paul Dupont has a nice feature on John Bucyk hitting the 50 year mark with the Bruins. He will be honored at the Garden tonight.

Kevin Paul Dupont looks at the recent trade and whether the Bruins will be sellers again in this trade market. Mike Dunshee uses some metrics to analyze the trade on the BSMW Power Play page. Matt Kalman says the new additions could give the club a boost for a playoff push. Mike Loftus says Chiarelli did his job, he was going to lose the two players he traded anyway, and got something in return. Barbara Matson’s notebook says Chuck Kobasew is still a few weeks away from playing.

Beanpot Final Tonight

A couple notes from the weekend, and then some more links from today:

Ted Johnson was all over the place this weekend as he continued to tell his story. On ESPN this weekend he said he didn’t want to blame anyone for his situation. On WBZ-TV last night he said he didn’t feel protected by the trainers, coach and Patriots franchise and was angry at them at the time of the 2002 concussions.

Gordon Edes had a look at how the Red Sox are attempting to make Daisuke Matsuzaka’s transition to Boston a bit easier.

Joe McDonald talked to a number of Boston athletes about the good and bad things about playing here.

Yes, today is truck day.

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From BSMW Game Day contributor Greg Doyle:

In reference to the annual claim that only in Boston would there be reporting on the leaving of the truck for spring training (a self-important myth around here), I reference:

I saw articles from Kansas City and Cincinnati too and didn’t even do an exactly comprehensive search.

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Tim Kurkjian says that the Red Sox rotation is filled with potential aces.

Amalie Benjamin reports on some uniform number changes for some young Red Sox players.

It’s amusing to watch the decline in effort as you move down among the contributors to this Boston.com guide.

Tony Massarotti had a chat on Bostonherald.com today.

Steve Lyons is gone, but Michael Hiestand tells us who is going to be on the FOX baseball broadcasts in his place.

Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots need for help at linebacker and possible options on the free agent market.

Peter King has his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column.

Neil Best catches up with ESPN anchor (and Boston resident) Steve Levy.

Bob Raissman looks at issues on NFL telecasts that need to be addressed by the networks.

Dan Caesar talks to Post-Dispatch colleague Bernie Miklasz, who successfully pitched the candidacy of Roger Wehrli to NFL Hall of Fame voters.

Barry Horn says that the Cowboys complex will be much more media friendly with Wade Phillips replacing Bill Parcells.

Bill Simmons kept a running diary of the Grammys.

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HBO has a new edition of Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel tonight at 10:00pm. Highlights of the show include a one-on-one interview with Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, a Frank Deford interview with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and a segment on brothers Jerry and Joe Crawford. Joe has been in the NBA for three decades and worked each of the last 20 NBA Finals. Jerry has been an MLB umpire for 30 years. Their father was an MLB Umpire as well.

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Tonight
7:00pm, Versus – Red Wings @ Flyers
7:00pm, ESPN – Louisville @ Pittsburgh
8:00pm, NESN – Beanpot Final – BU/BC
9:00pm, ESPN – Oklahoma St. @ Texas (Another chance to see Kevin Durant)

PFW in Two Minutes

A quick look at the latest edition (Feb 7th) of Patriots Football Weekly.

(If you have a subscription to the paper, you can read the articles linked below.)

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Paul Perillo says that Brady vs. Manning just got better with the Colts Super Bowl win.

Andy Hart has a look at veterans Troy Brown, Tedy Bruschi, Josh Miller, Junior Seau and Rodney Harrison and how the team has to get a handle on how much these players have left and whether they will be part of the 2007 Patriots.

Tom Casale says the future is now for young Patriots like Laurence Maroney, David Thomas, Ellis Hobbs, James Sanders and Mike Wright.

Casale also reviews the NFL Network “America’s Game” entry on the 2004 Patriots. He says:

I’ve seen virtually every episode of “America’s Game” and while they are all excellent, the 2004 Patriots is one of the best two or three I’ve watched, thanks in most part to the insight of Belichick – one of the NFL’s greatest coaches who almost always has his guard up. This is an absolute must-see for any Patriots fan. Watching the players and coaches live out an historic season in New England will send a chill down the spine of Patriots fans young and old.

Hart has the cover story feature on the 18 Patriots set to hit free agency this offseason, which includes Asante Samuel. He looks at each player and what the changes are that they will be back with the Patriots next season.

The PFW staff put together their 2006 All Opponent team, which includes Peyton Manning, LaDainian Tomlinson, Jerricho Cotchery, Dallas Clark, Champ Bailey, Kerry Rhodes, Ian Gold, Bob Sanders and Tony Dungy, among others.

The staff also has their 2006 Lighthouse Awards, which includes the coveted Pretty Fly for a White Guy Award, which was awarded to Mike Wright.

Casale has a free agency wish list, which first looks at the best players available on the market and then possible targets for the Patriots. Some names mentioned as Patriot possibilities include Donnie Edwards, London Fletcher-Baker, Adalius Thomas, Nick Harper, Ken Hamlin, Michael Lewis, Kevin Curtis and Bobby Engram.

Rob McCartney from Robscouting.com has a look at the underclassmen who could play a role in April’s draft.

Davis, Blount, Burn Boston Once Again

“Ricky Davis Sucks” – It sure seems a long time ago that Glenn Ordway uttered those words on The Big Show early last season. Davis reminded us all how bad he really is as he scored 29 points last night, including the game winner with 0.2 seconds left in regulation to send the Celtics to their 18th straight loss, 109-107 in Minnesota.

Shira Springer looks a Davis and fellow former Celtics Mark Blount each celebrating big games in keeping the Celtics losing streak intact. Steve Bulpett says this one was more brutal than several of the other losses during the course of this streak, as the Celtics had the chance to win this game.

In his Free Throws column, Tim Weisberg examines Paul Pierce’s wishes that the club not try for the number one overall pick. He also looks at a couple of other league-related items from he week. David Scott has a video look at Gerald Green getting ready for the slam dunk contest.

Springer’s notebook has Davis and Justin Reed expressing sympathy for their former teammates, while Doc Rivers talks about the challenge he had in coaching Davis and Blount. Bulpett’s notebook has Pierce adding to his list of maladies with a strained hip suffered last night.

Boston College Remains Atop ACC

Bob Ryan and Mark Murphy report on Boston College’s thrilling 68-67 win over Florida State, the second such last second victory over the Seminoles this season. 6-11 transfer center Tyrelle Blair hit his only shot of the game last night with 3.3 seconds remaining to give BC the road win.

Bruins

Barbara Matson talks to new Bruin Andrew Ference about the trade this weekend that brought him to Boston from Calgary along with Chuck Kobasew. Steve Conroy says Ference never saw the trade coming, but promises to bring a style of play that Bruins fans will appreciate. Mick Colageo has Ference putting on a happy face regarding the trade, and has analysis as to whether this was a good trade for Peter Chiarelli. Bud Barth says the new acquisitions bring an edge that should spark the Bruins. Joe McDonald says news of the trade was met with disdain in the Bruins locker room.

Conroy’s notebook has the ex-Bruins, Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau expressing mixed reaction to the trade that sends them to Calgary.

Red Sox

Tony Massarotti has the annual “nine questions to start spring training column. Rob Bradford looks at the roster and observes that for this week anyway, optimism reigns supreme. Alex Speier has Terry Francona preparing for a season of new challenges at the helm of the Red Sox.

Jeff Horrigan has Fort Myers bracing for the influx of Japanese media.

National Media Columns for This Week

All I have for now, perhaps more stuff later…

New England

Susan Bickelhaupt has fans disappointed in MLB’s decision to grant exclusive rights to MLB Extra Innings to DirecTV. Bill Doyle had Celtics radio voice Sean Grande talking about the job of announcing games for a team that has lost 16 games in a row. Andrew Neff reports on The Maine Channel getting more into sports. David Scott looks at potential Globe buyout candidates and the local media outlets gearing up for Spring Training.

New York

Neil Best takes a look at Deadspin.com and its editor, Will Leitch. Phil Mushnick knocks athletes and coaches who believe that God has a hand in their victories. Richard Sandomir has John Kerry taking up the fight for MLB Extra Innings. Bob Raissman has things already getting testy between the Yankees and the media. Andrew Marchand has CBS-2 staying in-house for their replacement for Chris Wragge. He also has Five Questions for Michael Irvin.

More East Coast

Michael Hiestand looks at the range of foreign accents on CBS golf coverage this year. He also looks at FOX making improvements to its NASCAR coverage and ESPN bringing SportsCenter to the internet. Hiestand’s colleague, Michael McCarthy argues that an American voice is missing on the CBS golf coverage. Aaron Bracy has more on the DirecTV deal with MLB. Laura Nachman wonders why the Eagles official website doesn’t have anything on Andy Reid’s sons, who have been in the news as of late. Jim Williams has the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network annoucing its slate of spring training game. Chris Zelkovich has things looking up for the NHL and their TV ratings.

South

Dave Darling has ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen, who only stayed with the network for about a year, observing its growth and success from a distance. Barry Jackson looks at SportsCenter gearing up for its 30,000 show. Jim Sarni says blogs spiced up the Super Bowl coverage. David Barron has a look at whether Frank Caliendo might be back on the FOX NFL pregame show next season.

Midwest

Judd Zulgad says the NHL is committed to Versus despite less than ideal ratings. Bob Wolfley has Rick Majerus impressed with the University of Wisconsin. Ed Sherman has more on the Extra Innings/DirecTV deal.

West Coast

Tom Hoffarth catches up with former ESPN personality Gary Miller, now working at KCAL in Los Angeles. He also continues his series of the best and worst in LA sports with a look at the TV anchor/reporters. Larry Stewart leads off with more on ESPN’s 30,000 episode of SportsCenter. He also has CBS planning on keeping the lenses dry for this weekend’s Pebble Beach AT&T National Pro-Am. John Maffei has more on John Kerry getting involved in the DirecTV fight over Extra Innings. Jim Carlisle looks at whether NASCAR viewers are going to accept Brent Musburger as the host of ESPN’s coverage of the sport. Joe Davidson has an example of the power of the media in college football recruiting.

‘Canes Storm Bruins

The defending NBA champs were in town on Wednesday night and delivered a whipping to the locals. Last night the defending Stanley Cup Hurricanes were in town and administered a similar beating to the Bruins, 5-2 at the Garden.

Kevin Paul Dupont says that what happened late in the second period, when the Hurricanes’ Ray Whitney scored three goals in a minute and forty seconds was “an embarrassment bordering on the absurd and surreal.” Steve Conroy says that time is running out for the Bruins. Joe McDonald has Tim Thomas shaking his head over the quick succession of goals by the Hurricanes. Douglas Flynn says that the Bruins might’ve found themselves a new sniper, but an old one did them in last night. Bud Barth has more on Whitney letting the air out of the Bruins balloon quickly last night.

Karen Guregian has a mini-feature on the lack of fight in the Bruins and how it is leading to their struggles on the ice. Mick Colageo says last night was not a very good night for either the Bruins or Hurricanes. Barbara Matson has a further look at Ray Whitney’s natural hat trick. Stephen Harris says that it is time for the Bruins to place themselves in the “sellers” market for the upcoming trade deadline. Mike Loftus says there is already a lot of pressure on the newest Bruins. Flynn looks at what has been a season of challenges for Peter Laviolette.

Dupont’s notebook looks at newly acquired Brandon Bochenski picking up the Bruins only two goals last night. Conroy’s notebook has more on Bockenski. McDonald’s notebook also focuses on the “pure scorer” that is Bochenski. Barth’s notebook has still more on the new right wing for the Bruins.

Celtics

Yesterday the Herald ran a profile of Greg Oden, today Jeff Goodman has one of Texas freshman forward Kevin Durant, who some feel is right there with Oden as a NBA prospect.

Steve Bulpett has Doc Rivers hoping he gets the chance to enjoy some good times with the Celtics franchise in the future. Shira Springer says no team wants to be the one that ends the Celtics losing streak. Dan Duggan has Celtics fans offering some tips to Gerald Green for nest weekend’s Slam Dunk contest. Bulpett’s notebook has Paul Pierce out of the hospital, but Wally Szczerbiak doubtful for tonight’s game against the Nets.

Patriots

Shalise Manza Young says that neither Asante Samuel nor Daniel Graham appear to be too interested in being tagged as a franchise player. Christopher L Gasper has the Patriots getting a sixth round pick from the Cardinals as part of the Brandon Gorin trade.

Red Sox

Amalie Benjamin has a look at the Red Sox academy in the Dominican Republic. Rob Bradford has a piece on your starting second baseman for the Red Sox, Dustin Pedrioa, who says he will show up for spring training with an entirely new physique. Bruce Mohl reports on StubHub offering Monster seats at Fenway before they even are available from the Red Sox.

Susan Bickelhaupt looks at the reaction to MLB giving exclusive rights to DirecTV for its Extra Innings package.

Misc

Michael Vega looks at NASCAR gearing up for another Nextel Cup season.

David Scott has his weekly edition of Scott’s Shots, with a look at excitement returning to the Mullins center.

Chad Finn has 10 thoughts on items of interest in the local sports scene.

Thursday Wrap – 02.08.07

Just a few quick links this afternoon:

Albert Breer has a seriously in depth look at the franchise and transition tags and if and how the Patriots might use them.

Dr Z ranks the NFL TV Broadcast crews.

Bostonist suggests that the Celtics change their logo to change their luck.

Jessica Camerato has Antoine Walker feeling the Celtics’ pain.

Yesterday, Jackie MacMullan had a feature on Jared Dudley, today Kelli Anderson of SI.com has a look at the ACC’s unknown leading scorer.

The Smoking Gun has a look at Harold Reynolds ESPN contract.

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On Monday, Feb. 12 – the morning after SportsCenter celebrates its 30,000th episode – ESPN.com will introduce the SportsCenter Minute – an exclusive, online brand extension of the network’s signature news show designed to provide sports fans with a quick, comprehensive video digest of the day’s sports headlines, including highlights and scores. The SportsCenter Minute will be published on the home page of ESPN.com by 6 a.m. ET every day for consumption any time, seven days a week. The package will be sponsored and will vary in length dependent upon that day’s headlines.

“SportsCenter was revolutionary when it debuted in 1979 and continues to set the bar for sports news and information today,” said John Kosner, senior vice president and general manager, ESPN new media. “The SportsCenter Minute represents SportsCenter’s next-generation expansion and reflects ESPN’s dedication to serving sports fans on every available medium.”

The SportsCenter Minute will be an originally taped, produced and edited package featuring SportsCenter anchors and will be recorded after the conclusion of West Coast games each night. It will be featured on ESPN.com each morning. For Spanish-speaking sports fans, ESPNdeportes.com will feature a Spanish-language version of the SportsCenter Minute – titled ESPNdeportes.com SportsCenter – which will also debut on Feb. 12.

“The SportsCenter Minute is the perfect way for millions of sports fans to start the day at ESPN.com,“ said Kosner. “This exclusive content furthers our position as one of the most robust sports video providers on the internet. It also gives our advertisers an opportunity to have an integrated connection to ESPN’s most recognizable TV brand in a digital medium.”

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Tonight
7:00pm, NESN – Hurricanes @ Bruins (HD)
7:00pm, ESPN – Notre Dame @ DePaul (HD)
8:15pm, TNT – Lakers @ Pistons (HD)
9:00pm, ESPN – Memphis @ UAB (HD)
10:30pm, TNT – Bulls @ Kings (HD)

Celtics Stay Cold Against Heat

The Celtics made it a not-so-sweet 16 straight losses last night as they fell to the Miami Heat at the Garden, 91-79.

Peter May looks at the Celtics taking 31 more shots than the Heat and still not really being in this game. Mark Murphy says that the Celtics now have to deal with each opponent not being the one who ends the losing streak. Bill Doyle says that the number sixteen now has a whole new meaning for the Celtics.

Murphy has a look at Ohio State center Greg Oden, who Celtics fans believe might be worth all of this losing. Jeff Goodman has a look at Kevin Durant and the other top players that might be available in this draft.

Dan Shaughnessy notes that the Celtics are the equivalent of a massive car wreck right now – you can’t help but stop and gawk at them. Lenny Megliola says that this wasn’t the season that Wyc Grousbeck and the Celtics had in mind. Desmond Conner says that injuries and inexperience are responsible for the Celtics current state. Doyle talks to Celtics radio voice Sean Grande about the current condition of the team and whether he is afraid people won’t be listening any more.

I’ve thrown a few thoughts together on the FSN Nothing But Net blog, but there really isn’t much to say right now about this team. Murphy has Grousbeck trying to be supportive of his team during the worst stretch in the 60 year history of the franchise. Steve Bulpett has Doc Rivers giving his thoughts on his former player, John Amaechi who is the first former NBA player to admit to being gay.

Murphy’s notebook has Wally Szczerbiak getting hurt again, this time twisting ankle by landing on a teammate’s foot – who wasn’t even in the game. May’s notebook has more from Rivers on Amaechi. Doyle’s notebook has more on Grousbeck’s support of his club.

Elsewhere

Not a whole lot else in the papers this morning…

Matt Kalman has Jeremy Reich working hard for the Bruins in the limited time he’s seen the ice. Fluto Shinzawa has Marco Sturm returning to the ice after his latest concussion.

Christopher L Gasper and Steve Conroy have new Boston College football coach Jeff Jagodzinski working to get a lot done in a short period of time.

Michael Vega reports on Jared Dudley leading the BC hoops team to a 75-68 win over Miami last night.

Jeff Horrigan has Kevin Youkilis planning on using the experience he gained from playing a full season last year to make him a better player this year.

Jim Donaldson says colleges should stop the practice of retiring jersey numbers of players who only play for a season or two and don’t graduate.

If you thought Buddy Thomas was going to be insufferable after the Colts won the Super Bowl, well, you won’t be disappointed.

Wednesday Wrap 02.07.07

Dan Shaughnessy did a chat on Boston.com this morning, Dan displays his aversion to capital letters, (It appears he made an effort with his first answer and then just gave up.) and replies to a whole lot of questions in his time online.

Speaking of Shaughnessy, the Dan Shaughnessy Watch blog is back online after a hiatus of a few months.

The Media Circus has a lot of material to work with this week, much of it provided by Peter King.

ESPN Ombudsman George Solomon weighs in on the network’s coverage of Super Bowl week.

ESPN’s Daily Dime weighs in on the Celtics 15th straight loss.

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From the Email Inbox today:

Hey Bruce,

I was turned off about Butch arguing that he found the Matsuzaka commercial bad. I even emailed the Big Show the example of the Bud commercial in the stadium where the people in the stands used cards for pouring the beer into the glass and than they showed it being drank. I said why didn’t he consider that one just as bad as the Matsuzaka commercial.

But I found out he lost his father to a drunk driver. I will give Butchy a break on this one, as I think he is blinded a little because of his tragic loss. I think he does not want any excuse for younger people get blasted and get behind the wheel. And in another note Butch and his family has founded a foundation that has helped many families who went through the same thing as his family. Which should be commended.

I say lay off the throttle on this particular one with Butch. BUT STAY ON HIM FOR EVERY OTHER THING HE SAYS!!!!!!!!!! As what he says is sometimes so stupid…

All the best

Chris

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FSN New England is getting ready for spring training, with broadcasts from Florida set to begin on February 19th.

From their press release this afternoon:

Baseball is back and so is Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight’s beachside coverage of the first full week of Spring Training. For the fourth consecutive season, hosts Gary Tanguay and Greg Dickerson go “On the Road” and welcome Red Sox players, coaches and front office staff to DiamondHead Beach Resort for twice-nightly shows in front of live audiences on Fort Myers Beach.

FSN’s “On the Road” coverage of Spring Training is sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

“We offer much more for the passionate baseball fan than the traditional three-minute live shot from the ballpark,” said Tanguay. “With a full hour of coverage each night, viewers get a more in-depth perspective from the players than they would watching any other station.”

“The atmosphere in Spring Training is light and the pace is much slower. Our beach and poolside settings reflect that atmosphere. It gets the players and coaches to relax and it makes for a memorable week for the viewers at home and especially fans in Fort Myers,” said Dickerson.

Every afternoon, FSN will tape its early show from DiamondHead’s scenic beach. Fans congregate on the beach, taking up strategic positions on towels and beach chairs, to create a perimeter in front of the set. Players, coaches and members of the baseball media will take questions from Tanguay and Dickerson during the 30-minute taping. FSN records the show at 4:30 p.m. each afternoon.

For the late edition, FSN New England will go live from the DiamondHead Resort pool patio. New this year, the pool will serve as the backdrop for the telecast and will be open to resort guests. The live audience will be in the pool and around it. Players, coaches and members of the baseball media will take questions from Tanguay and Dickerson during the live 30-minute show.

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Tonight:

7:00pm, ESPN – Georgetown @ Louisville (HD)
7:00pm, ESPN2 – Illinois @ Northwestern (HD)
7:00pm, ESPNU – Boston College @ Miami
7:30pm, FSN – Heat @ Celtics (HD)
7:30pm, NESN – Albany @ Maine
9:00pm, TV38 – North Carolina @ Duke
9:00pm, ESPN2 – Soccer: USA vs Mexico